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Old 08-14-2010, 08:08 AM   #1
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79 MotoGuzzi

Anyone know much about these bikes? My girl has a friend that is giving her a 79 motoguzzi. Not sure of exact model. We just have to get it down here from Colorado and its hers. Just curious if they are a good bike or not. I know it is an older bike and squarish but I heard that they were very good back in their day! It has an electrical problem but other than that its supposed to be in real good shape.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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will be very very HARD to get parts for
Because its old or because its a MotoGuzzi or Both?
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Not sure I will find out later today.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:18 AM   #6
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They are kinda cool in a old skool kinda way, I had one, electrical problems are common, I know a little about them worked for a guy who was a guzzi nut, lmk if U need some help with it and model also
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They are good bikes, my boss has one, its newer though. He said he had one a while back, not sure what year it was. Mphcycles sells them, so I assume they sell the parts too. Im pretty sure its gonna be hard to get parts though, being how old it is. Good bikes though. Good luck with a european electrical problem, lol.
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No doubt it will have some issues but take it for what it is, get a good service manual, forum that is bike/brand specific and tinker. Clean the carbs, chase the wires and repair as necessary.

Just keep the body work as prestine as possible
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:30 AM   #11
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They are good bikes, my boss has one, its newer though. He said he had one a while back, not sure what year it was. Mphcycles sells them, so I assume they sell the parts too. Im pretty sure its gonna be hard to get parts though, being how old it is. Good bikes though. Good luck with a european electrical problem, lol.
So, your boss has one or he HAD one a while back?
Mphcycles sells parts but they are hard to get?
European electrical problems more difficult than others?

With all of this you tell him twice they are good bikes...
Easy to see you put a lot of thought and consideration in your response. I'm sure that it helped clarify his concerns.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:34 AM   #12
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So, your boss has one or he HAD one a while back?
Mphcycles sells parts but they are hard to get?
European electrical problems more difficult than others?

With all of this you tell him twice they are good bikes...
Easy to see you put a lot of thought and consideration in your response. I'm sure that it helped clarify his concerns.
Dude, calm down. They are good bike, mph sells parts, but its an older bike. Much like anything, older vehicle parts are gonna be hard to find but Im sure mph could find the parts, might just take a while to get the parts. Yes, european electrical problems are worse than most japanese electrics. Its just more confusing. My boss owns a new moto guzzi right now, but my boss is also 50-something and he owned a moto guzzi when he was younger. He has enjoyed both of them. Sorry if I confused you, lol.
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They are known for electrical problems, and for what its worth I would NEVER deal with mph cycles, if they were my only choice for parts I would just set the bike on fire and walk away
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Sorry I hadn't had coffee when I read that... I'm ok now. lol

Yeah Guzzi's are good bikes, to the OP;
if your girl doesn't want it, I would love to have it!
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They are known for electrical problems, and for what its worth I would NEVER deal with mph cycles, if they were my only choice for parts I would just set the bike on fire and walk away
Mph buys parts for the cars they work on from us, Ive never actually dealt with them for bike parts, of course, I ride a bike and they dont work on those, haha.

Bumblebee its all good, I hadnt had mine yet when I wrote my original post, lol.
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The older guzzi will have its inherent problems, take it make it your own but be prepared to learn how to use a wrench. Post pics when you get them
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Think Harley of the same vintage except the motor is turned sideways.

As with any 30+ year old scooter, condition is everything.

If it has had a hard life, and you don't want to resurect the dead, pass on it.

If you want a different kinda bike/project there is plenty of info and
old Guzzi sights to get info.

YMMV...

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